Indigenous wildlife officials in Australia have found new evidence of one of the country's rarest and most mysterious birds. It is called the night parrot. The bird was thought to be extinct until a sighting in 2013. There have been very few sightings since. But wildlife workers say they have photographed one of the birds in the Kimberley area of Western Australia.
The photograph is unclear: an object colored light green and yellow. But officials believe it suggests evidence of a new population of night parrots. They captured the image using a motion sensor camera in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert.
Before 2013, scientists did not know what the birds sounded like. But then a night parrot was found in the state of Queensland.
Until recently, the colorful bird had not been seen in Western Australia for more than 100 years. The night parrot lives near the ground and is only active at night. The bird was thought to have died as a result of loss of habitat, fires and attacks by wild cats. The cats threaten the survival of more than 100 species native to Australia. They are thought to have killed off many other birds and smaller mammals.
Alexander Watson is a biologist at the animal conservation group WWF Australia. He has worked with Aboriginal wildlife workers in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia. He says it is an extraordinary discovery.
We've bought equipment like sensor cameras and bioacoustic devices that listen for the night parrots and extraordinarily, we've got a photo of a night parrot flying across one of the sensor cameras. It's a small, green parrot with a yellow belly and large head. It could only be a night parrot. We've surveyed in areas that the traditional owners knew there were night parrots there.
The night parrot is sacred to Australia's native population. Experts say Australia now has a second chance to save a bird that was once thought extinct.
Officials are not telling the public exactly where the recent sightings happened to help protect the birds. Researchers hope that more night parrots will soon be found in other parts of Australia.
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If we happen to meet the latter situation, we are doomed to face more risks and challenges and bear more responsibilities.
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5.Until recently, the colorful bird had not been seen in Western Australia for more than 100 years.
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While reading this book, I have pick up more than one hundred printing mistakes.
6. The bird was thought to have died as a result of loss of habitat, fires and attacks by wild cats.
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As a result of all this, their incomes are up and land values have risen.
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澳大利亚本土野生动植物研究人员发现了本国最稀有、最神秘的一种鸟类，名为夜鹦鹉 。在2013年有人重见这种鸟之前，大家都以为它已经灭绝了 。自那之后，就很少有人看见了 。但野生动植物研究人员表示，他们在澳大利亚西部的金伯利拍到了一只夜鹦鹉 。
这张照片不太清晰：能看出是一个浅绿色和黄色结合的物体 。但研究人员认为，这张照片上的鸟是夜鹦鹉的一种新的族群 。他们用运动传感器相机在澳大利亚西部的大沙沙漠拍到了这张照片 。
2013年之前，科学家不知道这种鸟的叫声是怎样的 。但那时候在昆士兰州发现了一只夜鹦鹉 。
100多年来，澳大利亚西部已经见不到这种色彩斑斓的夜鹦鹉了 。夜鹦鹉栖居在地面附近，只有夜间才活动 。以前人们以为这种鸟由于没有栖息地、林火、野猫的袭击而已经灭绝 。野猫威胁着澳大利亚本土100多个物种的生存 。人们认为，除了夜鹦鹉，野猫还导致很多其他鸟类和更小的哺乳动物的生存 。
亚历山大 沃特森是动物保护组织世界自然基金会的一名生物学家 。他一直与澳大利亚西部大沙沙漠的本土野生动物研究人员合作 。他表示，这是一次惊奇的发现 。
我们已经购置了设备，比如传感照相机和生物声学设备，为了监听夜鹦鹉的声音 。很棒的是，我们拍到了一只夜鹦鹉飞过传感器镜头前 。这只绿色的鸟很小，有黄色的肚皮和大大的脑袋，只能是夜鹦鹉了 。我们走访了一些地区，那里的传统养殖者知道那里有夜鹦鹉 。
对澳大利亚本土居民来说，夜鹦鹉很神圣 。专家表示，澳大利亚现在有再一次机会挽救曾经一度以为已经灭绝的一种鸟类 。
研究人员并未准确告知公众最近的发现是如何巧合般地助力保护夜鹦鹉的 。研究人员希望，不久后，可以在澳大利亚的其他地方发现更多的夜鹦鹉 。
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